Saturday 17 March 2018

McCarroll, Trainor lead Irish challenge


BARRIE TRAINOR and Brendan McCarroll led the home challenge in a tie for sixth place on six-under par, four shots behind leader Ross Cameron of Scotland, entering today's final round of the Galgorm Castle Northern Ireland Open.

Trainor (29) representing Mayobridge in Co Down, compiled a five-under-par 67 yesterday, while Ballyliffin native McCarroll shot 70. Seventeen Irishmen featured among the 54 who made the cut, including Cork's Steve Hackett (70) in a share of 11th on five-under.

Damian Mooney shot 69 to lie 13th on four-under. One shot back, John Kelly (73), Michael Collins (72), Noel Fox (73) and Michael McGeady (69) were among the 10 men clustered in 17th place.

GLASSON'S Colm Moriarty marched into a share of ninth place in the European Challenge Tour's Princess by Shuco Championship with a first-round 69 at Sweden's PGA National Course yesterday.

Moriarty was three shots off the pace set by Allesando Tadini's 66. Dubliner Niall Kearney dropped into a share of 113th place on three-over with a 75.

IRELAND'S sole representative Rebecca Codd was tied 64th on three-over after her first-round 74 at the Finnair Masters. The Carlow woman was 10 shots behind joint leaders Titiya Plucksataporn of Thailand and Anne-Lise Caudal of France.


DAVID Gillick's early-season woes continued last night when he was disqualified for a false start in the 400m at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, writes Cliona Foley.

But there was better news for European silver medallist Derval O'Rourke, who ran a season-best 12.98 when seventh in the 100m hurdles, won by Australia's Sally Pearson in 12.47.

And the in-form Fionnuala Britton came close to her recent personal best of 9:37 when finishing eighth in a high-quality steeplechase in 9:38.88.

O'Rourke also ran for Ireland's 4x100m team, who clocked 45:10 when fifth in the sprint relay. Niamh Whelan was the best of the two Irish in the 'B' 100m, running 11.72 while Irish record-holder Ailis McSweeney, just back from injury, could only manage 12.12. Alistair Cragg failed to finish the 5,000m.


BARRY KING provided Davis Cup boss Garry Cahill with a major scare last night when he was forced to give a walkover in the Irish Close Championships at Donnybrook.

King, a member of the Ireland team for next week's relegation play-off against Tunisia, was due to face the host club's Ross Hurley in the third round of the men's singles.

But after injuring his hip in practice, the 26-year-old Dubliner opted out of the match. Former Davis Cup ace John McGahon clinched his place in the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-3 win over Greg Sulek.

Irish Independent

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